MSI Debuts Innovative Tool to Detect Corruption

MSI is a leader in implementing large and complex anti-corruption programs worldwide, including current operations in Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Ukraine. Through our Center for Government Integrity, we have developed strategies and conducted assessments and training that have promoted integrity, transparency and accountability in more than 30 countries.

Many governments and international donors require that governmental and private institutions conduct corruption risk assessments on a regular basis. Management Systems International (MSI) designed an innovative approach—the Institutional Corruption Risk Management (ICRM) tool—that investigates risky institutional procedures and supports developing targeted corruption prevention plans. MSI based our ICRM methodology on international standards (ISO 31000:2009) and combined the business process reengineering approach with the tool. The approach was successfully tested in Ukraine with the support of a USAID-funded contract.

Enacted in April 2015 in Ukraine, the Corruption Prevention Law requires all governmental and certain private institutions to conduct corruption risk assessments on a regular basis. To comply with the law, a methodology needed to be developed. To fill this gap, MSI reviewed many existing approaches, including those developed by international organizations such as the United Nations Global Compact Office and the European Union. We developed a methodology that accounts for best practices and that aligns with the country context. The tool also helps institutions pinpoint issues and design targeted measures that address each risk.

Tested in two of Ukraine’s public institutions, the methodology began with assessing selected functions that were viewed as particularly prone to corruption. In both institutions, more than 60 risks were identified and ranked based on their likelihood of occurring and severity of impact. The assessment resulted in developing Corruption Risk Response Plans for both institutions with activities specifically tailored to the identified risks.

The institutions were involved in the entire process and they established a dedicated working group with several participating managers. In about two months, the assessment and plan were completed. During that time, the team reviewed over 200 documents, including legislation and internal regulations, conducted more than 50 individual interviews and more than 15 group discussions, and held 25 working group meetings.

ICRM is a universal tool that can be applied to any public or private institution in any country. MSI creates an ICRM manual specific to a country’s context. The manual offers step-by-step guidance on how to apply the tool and includes many templates and illustrative examples and case studies to assist with implementation.



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